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View Poll Results: How many total miles do you commute every day?
0-10 (0-16 km) 19 30.16%
11-25 (16-40 km) 12 19.05%
26-50 (41-80 km) 11 17.46%
51-75 (81-120 km) 12 19.05%
76+ (121+ km) 9 14.29%
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Old 12-13-2008, 02:53 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Thats a great definition of commute...and really everyone should try it.

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Old 12-18-2008, 07:42 PM   #32 (permalink)
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140 miles/day, 5 days/wk. I must be crazy LOL
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Old 12-19-2008, 02:32 AM   #33 (permalink)
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mmmm, 3 miles one way for me, 1 mile for the wife. 8 miles total for the day if we just use the car for commuting. It's sad, because I can't get her to bike or walk that distance, so I either let her warm the car up for 10 minutes each morning, or I use it and it's warm when she gets to it (I work nights, she days, works well) so she doesn't let it idle.

no winning for me unless it's summer and 60+ outside. I hate short drives like this, it really wears the car down fast.
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:29 AM   #34 (permalink)
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I just bought a house and my commute dropped from 4.5miles each way to about 3.5 miles, not a big drop but it's slightly flatter so the electric car should like it more when I get back to using it in the summer, I'm also in town now, 10 blocks from the food co-op (I also pass it on my way to work now) and most of my friends are now less then 6 blocks away (used to be 2.5 miles) with two of are now room mates who also now live closer to their jobs and friends, one now lives 3 blocks from work instead of 9 miles, the other lives 11 blocks from work instead of 2 miles, and with the use of cell phones we try to combine car trips when someone is driving, my house is also in a flatter area instead of at the highest point in town so I use my bike more.
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Old 12-19-2008, 10:45 AM   #35 (permalink)
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110 miles a day @ 38-40 mph average = 3 hours a day commute time. 15 hrs a week, 60 hrs a month, 3120 hrs a year. What a waste of time...
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Old 12-19-2008, 10:51 AM   #36 (permalink)
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Ryland: that's quite a change! Way to spread the better commuting love around.
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Old 12-19-2008, 06:21 PM   #37 (permalink)
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When I started looking at houses I looked at where I was spending all my time that I wasn't at home or at work then told the Realtor that I wanted a place that was walking/bike friendly to that area so that I wouldn't be driving as much, it turned out that the house I liked the most was to big for just one person so after drinking some beer a friend of mine we pooled our money and bought the house together, not the right choice for everyone but it works well for us, I knew it was the right choice when she said something about getting 45mpg out of an escort station wagon, and parking facing the road so to allow coasting out of the drive way.
There is also plans for a small garden, an apple tree in the yard, at some point solar on the south side of the roof, but first things first, run electricity to the garage for the electric cars, and install a better walk thru door for bike storage.

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Old 12-19-2008, 08:07 PM   #38 (permalink)
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So I actually travel about 53 miles a day of which 10 is driving my car, 2 walking, and the rest on trains. That's about 19% driving, about 4% walking, and about 77% on trains.

In prior commutes, my current car got about 34 mpg. Because my car doesn't get up to temperature in 5 miles before I shut it down, I'm averaging only about 28 mpg (shame). Despite this fact, I figure I'm using about 23% of the gas I would've been using, or about 1.2 gallons a day in savings.

Some of the trains I ride use diesel and some grid electricity, but the marginal per-seat energy consumption increase because of my ridership is pretty negligible.

As for an EBH, I can't find one that will work with my car and I've been tepid on experimenting with "whatever I can find." I'd love to build an EV if I could ever find the time.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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Old 12-19-2008, 08:14 PM   #39 (permalink)
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110 miles a day @ 38-40 mph average = 3 hours a day commute time. 15 hrs a week, 60 hrs a month, 3120 hrs a year. What a waste of time...
I hear that. My commute-time is about the same, but one of the reasons I've chosen trains this time (besides it's available to me) is that I can get up to 1.5 hours/day of that back in reading time. I've been slogging through about 2 books a month. I'm reading some pretty boring technical books these days. Othertimes I get some work on my laptop done. Oh, also, my employer pays for a monthy train pass. Eh, it's a living.
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Old 12-19-2008, 08:26 PM   #40 (permalink)
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Between 50 & 60 RT commuting... It's nearly all freeway, which makes it relatively quick... I listen to podcasts or books on tape so that the time's not ALL wasted... University in the Car (or on the Motorbike), as Zig likes to say...

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